Archive for Thursday, December 14, 2017

Midco gives Lawrence Public Library $90,000 for new computers

Lawrence Public Library, pictured Aug. 20, 2015.

Lawrence Public Library, pictured Aug. 20, 2015.

December 14, 2017

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Computers at the Lawrence Public Library will be getting an upgrade thanks to a grant from Midco.

Midco, which provides phone, cable and internet services in the Lawrence area, gave the library $90,000 to buy new computers and software for public use. Kathleen Morgan, executive director of the library’s foundation, said they appreciated the generosity of Midco, which she said approached the library with the grant offer.

“We’re really grateful that they have stepped up to do this for the community,” Morgan said. “It obviously helps the library but it also helps our patrons.”

Morgan said the public computers at the library got a lot of use and that it was good to be able to upgrade the technology. She said the grant was provided in installments of $15,000 per year for six years, and the library already used the first installment to help replace computers in the library’s enclosed computer lab and to purchase 10 new Chromebook laptops.

The library has a total of 75 public computers, 16 catalog computers and additional staff computers, according to Morgan. She said the computers from the lab were replaced this fall and repurposed, replacing aging staff computers and six computers in the library’s Teen Zone.

Midco announced the grant in a press release on Wednesday. The release said the $90,000 award to the library underscored the importance of education and “the value of a vibrant public library.”

Morgan said over the six-year grant cycle the library would use the money to replace as many of the public computers as possible, funds for which would otherwise have to come from the library’s annual budget.

“It really does help us a lot,” Morgan said. “Obviously we want to keep up on our technology, and this helps us to get there.”

Comments

Rosemary Morris 4 months, 1 week ago

Midco had a rough start in our community with the changeover from WOW. I personally think they inherited the problems of the past owners (Sunflower, Knology, WOW) and have worked very hard and spent a LOT of money to instill confidence in their company. Let's give them an opportunity to prove themselves, People. No, I am not an employee nor do I have any financial interest in them. I'm just a logical retired customer. And I prefer their service to AT&T.

Michael Dennis 4 months, 1 week ago

I have NEVER felt this good about a cable company. Maybe other for profits will model this generous investment in the community and access to information...

Jean Robart 4 months, 1 week ago

This is something that is long overdue. Midco is to be congratulated for their initiative in providing for new computers.

Sue McDaniel 4 months, 1 week ago

Thanks Midco! Would there be any funds now for a book pick up at the Clinton Parkway Hy-Vee and expansion of 6th St.? Those are the best idea ever and I know there is a backlog with not enough boxes!!! A great way to have mini satellite library pick up and returns!!!! I am a huge fan!

Deb Geldart 4 months, 1 week ago

I am so concerned about the LPL sponsoring and directing kids to the "EBSCO" databases that have been the subject of dozens of news stories for pornographic content! I think parents wouldn't let their "teens" use the library at all if they knew what Lawrence Public was recommending to their children. Mass Resistance published an article about EBSCO "homework' databases almost a year ago and here is the link http://www.massresistance.org/docs/gen3/17a/CO-middle-school-x-rated/ebsco-database.html

The really upsetting thing is that the LPL is also linked directly to the Lawrence Public Schools - have the schools disclosed that they are directing students to databases with grossly adult content? These databases should be rated R.

I have researched the EBSCO databases for kids and the content is horrifying - we quickly located hundreds of obscene results, very gratuitous, sexually explicit, sexually violent, advertisements for sex products and services, "erotic" stories, and even links to hard core porn sites that were embedded live into some articles. These EBSCO databases (Explora, Academic Search, Consumer Health complete, Masterfile, Novelist,,etc) are streaming articles from adult magazines, with sex ads, adult books and journals, and more. It seems like the porn is front loading to the surface of even benign search terms, and if a child should search on 'sex education' they will be offered graphic information on how to have oral, anal, threesome, kink etc. - ranging from grossly inappropriate to overtly pornographic. It is just wrong to direct kids to databases like these and the library should cancel these. If they won't cancel them, then they should post big signs and send out newsletter advising the community that there are R-rated databases posturing as "scholastic", "homework" resources.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation also named EBSCO to the Dirty Dozen list for pushing porn ads at kids and here is the link http://endsexualexploitation.org/articles/pornography-schools-ebsco/

Brandon Devlin 4 months, 1 week ago

"Besides the pornography, other material in these databases is invariably, across the board, written and presented in a strongly left-wing perspective. That worldview seems to serve as a segue into the acceptance and inclusion of the range of pornographic subjects." --Mass Resistance

Ahh, there's the real rub. (Pun vaguely intended there.)

Calvin Anders 4 months, 1 week ago

I'd feel even better if Midco also pledged to maintain strict principles of net neutrality, no throttling, prioritization or blocking of legal internet traffic, no data mining or selling user information. I would very much like to hear them emphatically pledge that they are not doing any of this now and will not do it in the future.

Amanda Faith 4 months, 1 week ago

Hey Calvin! Amanda from Midco here. I definitely understand your concern. You can find our statement on Net Neutrality here at gomid.co/1zjR30hevH6. We fully support a strong and open internet and will not block, throttle or interfere with legal content. Our customers are our #1 priority. Feel free to contact us on Facebook or Twitter, or using any of the options at Midco.com/Contact, if you have any questions!

Rosemary Morris 4 months, 1 week ago

It's great to hear the mostly positive comments!!

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